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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Feb 11, 2007 3:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: touch of gray a antinuclear song

CONCERT: GRATEFUL DEAD AT THE GARDEN

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By JON PARELES
Published: September 22, 1982

THE Grateful Dead played a thoroughly professional concert Monday at Madison Square Garden. In three and a half hours onstage, the group performed 19 songs while fans danced in the aisles.

After 17 years, the Dead can still sound like its original incarnation as a jug band. The group played concise tunes steeped in bluegrass, country, rhythm and blues and ragtime, and the keyboardist Brent Mydland sang a blues.

The rest of the vocals were split between the band's two guitarists. Jerry Garcia just stood there and sang in his reedy voice about faded paradises; Bob Weir played the showman, stalking all over the stage and, although he is a prolific composer, covering songs about the perils of lust by Marty Robbins, Jimmy Rodgers and Bobby Womack. In the extended suite ''Terrapin Station'' as well as in groove tunes such as Allen Toussaint's ''Women Are Smarter'' the arrangements were neatly executed.

But for the Grateful Dead, competence is a fall-back position. Usually the sextet breaks out of the song format to jam in its own quixotic, rambling, sometimes inspired style. The group tried to work up the right momentum a few times Monday, especially in a long introduction to ''Truckin,'' in which both guitarists made efforts to get weird but never quite made it. And from the audience, the sound mix drowned the band's interplay under guitars and voices.

Still, there's life in the Dead yet. Mr. Garcia's solos benefitted from the constraints on length, and he was downright pithy in ''It's All Over Now.'' And the Dead played new songs Monday - Mr. Garcia's ''Day Job'' and Mr. Weir's ''Touch of Gray,'' an antinuclear song that can stand with the best of their repertory. Even on an offnight, the Dead get by. Jon Pareles
i think someone dosed the reporter lol

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Feb 11, 2007 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

"Mr. Weir's "Touch of Gray,""

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Poster: high flow Date: Feb 11, 2007 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

They meant Throwin' Stones...correct?

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Feb 11, 2007 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

Ya, likely, though when the reporter states that it stands as a song "that can stand with the best of their repertory" he obviously does not know the history of the band's songs. I've always said it, music critics serve absolutely no useful function, period.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 12, 2007 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

Who was it that said talking about music is like dancing to architecture? I don't agree, but it certainly applies here.

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Poster: Spaced Date: Feb 12, 2007 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

Jerry said it in an interview in the 80s, but I can't remember who he was quoting (he didn't mention it).

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 12, 2007 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

It was Steve Martin.

or then again it might have been Frank Zappa, William S. Burroughs, Elvis Costello, Charles Mingus, Laurie Anderson, Nick Lowe, Thelonius Monk, Martin Mull, Miles Davis, George Carlin, Mark Mothersbaugh, W.G. (Snuffy) Walden, or even John Cage. Each and everyone of them have been credited at one time or another.

This post was modified by robthewordsmith on 2007-02-12 21:32:09

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 13, 2007 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

Let's give Snuffy Walden the credit. It is so rare that we get to quote anyone named Snuffy.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 13, 2007 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

I don't know much about Snuffy beyond the fact that he wrote the West Wing theme, but hey I guess a Snuffy needs all the help he can get, so I'll go along with you!

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Poster: Spaced Date: Feb 12, 2007 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

Jerry said it in an interview in the 80s, but I can't remember who he was quoting (he didn't mention it).

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Feb 12, 2007 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch of gray a antinuclear song

Frank Zappa